Old window projects

December 29th, 2008 in member junk     
FunktionalJunk FunktionalJunk, member
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This window only had glass on one side, so I painted it with chalkboard paint and stapled chicken wire to the other side.  The knobs on the bottom are old recycled kitchen knobs. 
Old window with glass...used plain brown craft paper and painted initial and background, stapled to back of frame.  Ive also done these with neat patterned wrapping paper and they look great and are easy to change for the seasons.
I added a simple valance to the top of this old window then added the shelf with metal shelf brackets.  My friend uses this one in her vintage kitchen to hold antique cookbooks and its so cute!
I used looking-glass paint to make a mirror out of the glass panes, attached a shelf to the bottom with metal shelf brackets.  It looks really neat with candles on the shelf reflecting in the mirror.
Old window frame, minus the glass.  Screw eyes evenly spaced around the inside of the frame and LOTS of yarn strung in between them to create a place to clip photos, notes, recipes, etc.
This window only had glass on one side, so I painted it with chalkboard paint and stapled chicken wire to the other side.  The knobs on the bottom are old recycled kitchen knobs. 

This window only had glass on one side, so I painted it with chalkboard paint and stapled chicken wire to the other side.  The knobs on the bottom are old recycled kitchen knobs. 

These are just a few uses I've found for my MASSIVE stash of old windows.  I'm always looking for more ideas!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, eclectic, organizer, country, outdoor spaces, picture holder, kitchen, frame, porch, shelf, wire, mirror

Comments (14)

SantaClaus writes: I love windows too; great ideas - looking-glass paint is on my shopping list! Just bought chalk-board paint - tried NOT to but just too many ideas from all you JM'rs --- LOL Posted: 7:18 am on May 1st
GroovyGreenDesigns writes: I like the chalk board idea on an old window. Have done the chicken wire thing but I do have some one paned windows! Now I know what to do with them!! Great job on all your stuff. Posted: 7:33 am on March 7th
missartgurl writes: What is it about old windows?? I love them tooooo. Im always making them into tables, shelves, frames, etc. I just got some pale blue, mint green and pink painted ones! I love your projects. Posted: 9:38 am on January 13th
shabbychick writes: Your windows are great - I love the one painted with the looking glass paint (and can't wait to try that!!!), and your window with the yarn is so fun - what a great idea!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 9:28 am on January 7th
LoveMyStuff writes: The green polka-dot window is so cool! Even my young daughter finally found a junking item she really liked! I just love this site, and she is coming around! Your ideas are fantastic. You were smart to march to the beat of your own drum when in college. Glad you did! Posted: 6:18 pm on January 6th
FunktionalJunk writes: Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! Several of you asked about the looking glass paint...you can get it in the spray paint section at craft stores. Here it costs about $11 for a small can. It also comes with a can of clear sealer. It'll turn any clear glass into a mirror...you just spray it on the backside. It's really great for turning old picture frames with their glass into mirrors. I've also used it to spray the inside of clear vases and it gives kind of a mercury glass look for much cheaper than the real thing. It's also cool for clear votive holders because you can still see the candle light through it. It's a little tricky getting it to come out perfectly smooth, which actually works for me because I kinda prefer that older, worn look in mirrors. It's pretty cool stuff and I'm sure all of you clever folks could find even more neat things to do with it! Good luck! Posted: 11:41 pm on December 30th
bubbasmom writes: Great job,I love them all. I have a bunch of windows myself and the ones with one solid pane is a challenge to me.So now I have some ideas for them .Thank you. Posted: 8:16 pm on December 30th
italianpeasant writes: great idea & where does one get looking glass paint? gio Posted: 1:13 pm on December 30th
kopykatkim writes: Love all your ideas with windows. I now know what to do with a few of mine that are minus a pane or two.Thanks for sharing.

Kim Posted: 12:45 pm on December 30th
fellowjunker writes: Just love all your window ideas functionaljunk!!!! I have always wondered if you can use chalkboard paint on glass. I have never heard of the looking glass paint.........where did you find it??.......love that idea, as well!!!
Great job and thanks for sharing.
xojanis Posted: 12:13 pm on December 30th
FunktionalJunk writes: Thanks for your nice comments! I've seen a few of the windows that have been mosaic'd and would love to try it. Do you have any idea what type of adhesive would work to stick the pieces down on the glass? Maybe silicone? If you have any idea let me know...maybe that'll be next project and posting. Thanks again! Posted: 10:50 pm on December 29th
bridiemurphy writes: Chicken wire and chalkboard paint work for me!

I recently came across a nifty idea...you can actually mosaic onto an old window in order to make it look like stained glass! Very easy, very pretty, and MAJOR impact!

Happy windows to you... Posted: 9:38 pm on December 29th
FunktionalJunk writes: Thank you! I've done lots of those for gifts in all kinds of styles and colors...people like getting something personal like that! Posted: 8:05 pm on December 29th
csudderth writes: Good thing you've got a stash of windows because you seem to have plenty of great ideas. I especially like the initial window.
Posted: 7:56 pm on December 29th
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